Luraina was rescued from heading to slaughter in July 2023. This lovely, sad mare may have been cared for during part of her life, but ultimately she became another used-until-injured and then cast off only to fall into the wrong hands. The photos show a traumatic and very painful leg and hoof injury, likely years old. Based on that injury, there is not a chance that she didn’t sustain additional physical trauma elsewhere and be forced to live with considerable pain. Having to compensate with the rest of her body to move with that injury means she lived in non-stop pain. Weight bearing must have been excruciating. Since horses are prey animals, they suffer in silence! After veterinary examination, Luraina was humanely put down to end her suffering, giving her compassion and dignity to her final moments.
Luraina’s veterinary exam included the following information: right hind severely deformed pastern and hoof, exostosis, difficulty walking.
(An exostosis, also known as a bone spur, is the formation of new bone on the surface of a bone. Exostoses can cause chronic pain ranging from mild to debilitatingly severe, depending on the shape, size, and location of the lesion.)
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